James Patrick Colford

December 20, 1930August 3, 2014
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James P. Colford of Stamford, CT passed away on August 3, 2014 with his loving family by his side. He was 83 years old. Jim was born December 20, 1930 in Hoboken, NJ to William E. and Jane Colford. He was a graduate of St. Peter’s University. Jim was an executive with IBM for thirty-five years. He was Director of Accounting Practices. He also co-authored an accounting standards book, Controllership. Jim is survived by his wife, Joan Carubia Colford, his daughters, Cathy Mayo, Eileen Mishley (Richard), and Carolyn Guarino, his son Jim Colford Jr. (Christine), and his son-in-law, Ralph Mayo. He was the proud and loving Grandfather of eleven grandchildren: Sean, Keri, Kelly, and Ryan Mayo; Jeffrey, Scott, and Kyle Mishley; Andrew and Kendal Colford; Nicole and Anthony Guarino; and Great Grandfather to Olivia Mayo. Jim is also survived by his sister, Jean Madden (the late Francis) and brother, William Colford (Diane). He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Mary and brother-in-law William Erbeck. He is survived by many cherished nieces and nephews. Throughout his years, Jim enjoyed many family vacations at the Jersey Shore as well as the travel experiences he shared with Joan. Jim was actively involved in his church as well giving generously of his time to other groups, organizations, and charities. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Gabriel’s Church, 914 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. Burial will follow at Queen of Peace Cemetery. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 4-8 PM at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT. Condolences may be offered online at:


  • Visitation Wednesday, August 6, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, August 7, 2014

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The McPherson Family

August 14, 2014

Our hearts and prayers go out to a wonderful friend and the entire Colford family. The early days on Idelwood Drive are some of our most found memories. Even though we all went our own way from that wonderful start, we always found time to stay connected. May God help you through the loss you are feeling and give you the strength to live life to the fullest.

Sally Presutto

August 8, 2014

Carolyn and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

August 7, 2014

Mrs. Colford and Family,
We send our Love and Prayers during this diffcult time.
Tim smokey Dolan and Family

Patti Waterbury

August 7, 2014

Dear Eileen and Family, my deepest condolences on your father's passing...Thoughts and prayers are with you all

R & E Blosio

August 7, 2014

Dear Eileen and Family- Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.
Sincerely- M/M Emanuel Blosio

Fox Family

August 6, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Colford family during this difficult time.

August 6, 2014

Carolyn & Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.
God Bless,
Nora Autuori

Mary O'Connell-McArdle

August 6, 2014

Jim, Carolyn & Family -
So sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers!

Enza Sciarretta-Pisano

August 6, 2014

Carolyn and Colford Family,
I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May God grant you all peace in your time of sorrow.
With Love,

Donna Zvon Docimo

August 6, 2014

Mrs. Colford anf Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your husband and dad's passing. I have many fond memories with your family from Idlewood Drive. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.